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Baylor vs. Iowa State -- The Morning After -- Highlights, Links, Notes, Tweets

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Through four games, Baylor has played what I'd call 6 dominant halves out of 8. That's good enough to be 4-0 after a runaway win over Iowa State Saturday night in Ames.

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49
BAYLOR
(4-0, 1-0) 7/6
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
14 21 14 0 49
7 0 14 7 28

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Ames, Iowa • Attendance: 51,776


28
IOWA STATE
(1-3, 0-1) NR/NR

Players of the Game:

QB Bryce Petty -- 30/44 for 336 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.  9 carries for 48 yards and 2 TDs.
RB Shock Linwood -- 15 carries for 82 yards, 3 TDs
WR Corey Coleman -- 12 catches for 154 yards and 1 TD
WR Antwan Goodley -- 6 catches for 148 yards

LB Aiavion Edwards -- 11 tackles, 2 for loss
CB Xavien Howard -- 5 tackles, 3 passes broken up
DT Beau Blackshear -- 5 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack
DE Shawn Oakman -- 4 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass broken up

Play of the Game:

Quick Thoughts

Baylor is 4-0 for the second season in a row.  We haven't done that since before World War II.  I honestly believe that getting the W and getting out of Ames was about the only thing Briles and company cared about last night.  They would have hoped for a sharper performance in the second half, I'm sure, especially since we once again yielded points immediately after retaking the field, but considering we were up 35-7 at the time, it's not that big a deal.  The only problem I see with essentially shutting things down is doing it too early; it's not easy (or sometimes even possible) to flip that switch back on.

I think nearly everyone was extremely happy to see Goodley, Coleman, and Clay Fuller return, none more so than the coaches.  Our game plan obviously involved getting the first two the ball early and often, and it seemed like we forced the pass when we didn't necessarily need to.  As I said in the comments last night, I'm somewhat surprised that Briles came out and said they wanted to pass the ball 60 times in the game, a number we didn't reach despite Petty's career-high 44 attempts.  I don't think it's unusual for them to target a specific number, but it seems odd that the number was so high.

After rewatching the first three quarters of the game before going to bed last night, I'm relatively content with the effort on the whole, especially in the first half.  Baylor's defensive line was once again dominant, constantly changing the line of scrimmage and bottling up ISU's offense.  It was only after we shut things down and started to lose focus that Sam Richardson started gashing us.  That is somewhat concerning since he's no Trevor Knight, and you know OU will watch that tape and take something away.  The main problem appeared to be over-pursuit, combined with a loss of focus on assignments.  Bryce Hager, in particular, had an uncharacteristically poor game in that respect.

Mark Seymour's Top 10:

It's been a couple of weeks since I last did this, and a bit has changed in the interim.

1. Oklahoma Sooners
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oregon Ducks
4. Auburn Tigers
5. Baylor Bears
6. Florida State Seminoles
7. Texas A&M Aggies
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9. Michigan State Spartans
10. Mississippi State Bulldogs

LINKS OF NOTE ON A SUNDAY MORNING:

Kansas just fired Charlie Weis.  Clearly, losing to Charlie Strong's Texas team was a sin his administration could not forgive. They still owe him $7 million.  I wonder if that will embolden Michigan to fire Brady Hoke, who almost definitely left a concussed player in last night's loss after it was apparent that he was concussed.  Unbelievable.  Watch that video and tell me how you don't think he's concussed, I dare you.  As for everything else...

What happened Saturday, Sept. 27, in college football: Final scores and 3 big things - SBNation.com
The Michigan disaster finds a whole new level, almost all of the SEC's good teams are in one division, and the target on Florida State's back grows bigger. Full FBS final scores included

Week 5 college football coverage, Thursday through Saturday - SBNation.com
Not the greatest college football weekend ever? Buddy, every weekend is the greatest college football weekend ever.

BAYLOR-SPECIFIC STUFF:

No. 7 Football Cruises Past Iowa State, 49-28 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Bryce Petty threw for 336 yards and a touchdown and ran for a pair of TDs as seventh-ranked Baylor cruised past Iowa State 49-28 in its Big 12 opener Saturday night.

No. 7 Baylor cruises past Iowa State 49-28 | FOX Sports
AMES, Iowa (AP) Baylor didn't need receivers Antwan Goodley or Corey Coleman to blow out its first three opponents.

Baylor notebook: Petty uses feet, posts best RG3 imitation - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
AMES, Iowa – Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is known more for his arm than his feet, but he did a pretty nice Robert Griffin III imitation in the first quarter.

Too much horsepower: Baylor welcomes back receivers with 49-28 Big 12-opening win - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
AMES, Iowa — Baylor threw a welcome back party for Corey Coleman and Antwan Goodley far away from home on Iowa State’s turf Saturday night.

Football: Once again, ISU struggles to contain Baylor offense | Ames Tribune
Iowa State’s defense had no answers for Baylor’s lightning-quick offense a year ago, when the Bears handed the Cyclones a lopsided 71-7 defeat in Waco, Texas.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Below is a look at the best performances from the Big 12 in Week 5.

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 5 - ESPN
Here’s what we learned about the Big 12 in Week 5.

Video: No. 7 Baylor Bears 49, Iowa State Cyclones 28 - ESPN
No. 7 Baylor improved to 4-0 on the season with a 49-28 victory over Iowa State.

TWEETS THAT I WANT YOU TO SEE:

That's just a few examples.  Have a good Sunday, everyone!